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Columbia College Chicago Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,076 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 36 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

56% Women
44% Men


Total Varsity Sports


Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball - - Yes -
Basketball - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Soccer - - Yes -
Softball - - Yes -
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Tennis - - Yes -
Volleyball - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.0%
Black/non-Hispanic 16.5%
Hispanic 10.5%
Non-resident alien 2.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 7.7%
Two or more races 4.0%
White/non-Hispanic 55.9%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 9
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 20

Notable Alumni

  • Len Amato ('75), President of HBO Films
  • Andy Richter ('88) , Actor, co-host of NBC's "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien"
  • Genndy Tartakovsky ('90), Creator and animator: "Samurai Jack," "Powerpuff Girls," "Dexter's Laboratory"
  • George Tillman, Jr. ('91), Director, Men of Honor, Barbershop, Notorious
  • Janusz Kaminski ('87), Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List
  • Mark Protosevich ('83), Writer for I Am Legend, Poseidon, The Cell
  • Melissa Pinney ('77), Photographer and Guggenheim-award winner
  • Pat Sajak ('68), Host of "Wheel of Fortune"
  • Aidy Bryant ('09), Actress, Saturday Night Live
  • Scott Adsit ('87), Actor from "30 Rock"
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Stephanie from Brooklyn, NY
  • 5
  • Columbia dorms are modeled after loft style apartments, including kitchens, flat screen TV's, gyms, and other goodies. You get the privileges of living in your own apartment, without the hassle…

  • Feb-27-2013 Read More
  • Elizabeth from Prescott, AZ
  • 1
  • The dorms at Columbia suck. Not the buildings-- no, the buildings are fine, especially since you pay an average of $5,000 a semester to live in them. No, the roommate…

  • Nov-16-2012 Read More
  • Nancy from Chicago, IL
  • 3
  • Each dorm at Columbia has its own personality to it. I have only lived in the one of their oldest dorm buildings. As I did not like the decor or…

  • Apr-24-2012 Read More
  • Sean from Tinley Park, IL
  • 3
  • I cannot comment on the dorm life since I am a commuter, however, I do have many friends that live 'on campus' and the dorm life is quite comfortable and…

  • Sep-21-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Selena from Orlando, FL
  • Jun-18-2015 I am a current student here

    Columbia is in downtown Chicago, the food is no joke. Whatever you want, you can get. And it's all so good.

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  • 3
  • Edon from Aurora, IL
  • Jan-15-2015 I am a current student here

    There is only one cafeteria, and it does have two available meal plans, depending on where you're living. If you live in the building with the cafeteria, then the plan is included in the housing cost and includes 15 meals per week. If you live in a different building or off-campus (not in a Columbia dorm) then the meal plan is optional and includes 150 meals for the school year. The food is decent this year, but there isn't much variety.

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  • 5
  • Nik
  • Jan-08-2015 I am a current student here

    It's Chicago and therefore you will find some of the best restaurants, chef's and food in the country. Whatever you are craving it's here. Chain restaurants and ma and pop places abound with food from all the regions of the globe represented. Harold's chicken is my favorite and they lots of places give student discounts which helps! I have a full kitchen in dorm/apartment so I have never used the cafeteria, I either make my own food or go to a near by restaurant - there are probably 10 or more within a block of my front door.

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  • 5
  • Vanessa
  • Aug-22-2014 I am a current student here

    I am a huge foodie and there is almost too much food on campus. Food is the reason there are so many broke college students on campus. Everything to your typical 5 dollar footlong to your 50 dollar steak.

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  • 4
  • Elvis (female)
  • Jul-29-2014 I am a past student here

    Not bad for college food, and there are tons of options off campus too. You're never short of food here.

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  • 3
  • Griselda from Vernon Hills, IL
  • May-29-2014 I am a current student here

    Also heard the cafeteria food is not the best and is expensive! Cafeteria is in the dorm building and only people can sign in who live there. Unless you have a friend willing to sign you in. Columbia is surrounded by many restaurants: Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Panera, Wing Stop, Pauly's Pizza, Panda Express, and most of the classroom buildings have little cafes inside.

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  • 3
  • Catherine from Oak Park, IL
  • Apr-22-2014 I am a current student here

    Not everyone is required to have a meal plan so it can get expensive to eat without one. But there's a Trader Joe's and Jewel within walking distance so just get used to cooking for yourself. Toppers every night might be fun for a week but it gets old fast.

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  • 4
  • Elizabeth from Chicago, IL
  • Apr-12-2014 I am a current student here

    I haven't experienced in-school dining, but there are a lot of options to choose from as far as restaurants nearby that surround the campus. I can buy a low-priced meal at just a short walk away. There are also healthy options.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Selena from Orlando, FL
  • Jun-18-2015 I am a current student here

    There is no Greek Life at Columbia, but if you are interested in going Greek, there are city wide chapters of Sororities and Fraternities that you could join.

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  • 0
  • Belinda from Chicago, IL
  • May-28-2015 I am a current student here

    If you are in the Interactive Arts & Media department, like me, then there is plenty of geeky things to do.

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  • 0
  • Nik
  • Jan-08-2015 I am a current student here

    None and I find that to be a good thing. There are still plenty of parties.

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  • 0
  • Elvis (female)
  • Jul-29-2014 I am a past student here

    Like I said, they're called the Secret Society. They keep to themselves, it's not a huge part of the Columbia social scene. If you've been wanting to go to a college with Greek Life since you were like six, Columbia may not be the place for you because you will be disappointed.

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